Imam disappears after France's Council of State validates his expulsion


France’s Council of State has ruled against a lower court’s suspension of an expulsion order against imam Hassan Iquioussen for propagating anti-Semitism and misogyny and being an apologist for terrorism. Immediately after the ruling, which capped a month-long legal battle, police were sent to arrest Iquioussen at his home in north-east France but the 58-year-old imam had already disappeared. Camille Polloni reports.

French interior minister ups legal battle to expel imam

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French interior minister Gérald Darmanin, whose move to expel imam Hassan Iquioussen, who he accuses of anti-Semitism, opposing gender equality and acting as an apologist for terrorism, was thwarted by a Paris administrative court, has now taken the case before the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court.

How France's shameful deportations help Ramzan Kadyrov's brutal Chechen regime

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In recent months France's interior minister Gérald Darmanin has ordered the expulsion of around a dozen Chechens from the country. This does not just trample over fundamental rights of asylum and the country's commitments under European treaties, says Mediapart's co-founder François Bonnet in this op-ed article. He argues it also means that France is effectively collaborating with Chechen's notorious leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a man accused of overseeing the murder and torture of his opponents.

Opponents of controversial Nantes airport protest against expulsion

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Demonstration attracted up to 20,000 people protesting against proceedings to evict inhabitants, including farmers, from planned site.

French press correspondent speaks out over expulsion from China

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Ursula Gauthier said in TV interview she was accused of supporting terrorism after article critical of official policy in western region of Xinjiang.

China 'to expell' French news correspondent

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Weekly magazine l'Obs says its Beijing correspondent is given until December 31st to leave after report on crackdowns on Muslim Uighur people.

French far-right Front National party expells founder Jean-Marie Le Pen

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The decision on Thursday follows months of feuding between the anti-Semitic provocateur and his daughter who replaced him as party leader.

Hollande offer to deported Roma girl to return 'alone' causes uproar

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The French president is slammed by Right and Left for offering a deported immigrant teenager a return to France but without her family.

UMP set to expel MP over anti-gay comments

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France's ruling UMP party is set to expel one of its MPs who said gay people hold too much sway and who downplayed WWII persecution of gays.